Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred had earlier called the new allegations, “a new low, even for Weinstein.” Mimi Haleyi announced to the world on October 24 that she too had been abused by former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. It brings the total number of accusers against Weinstein to around 57. Prior to Haleyi’s allegations, the last accuser had been an unnamed Italian model and actress who says that Weinstein raped her inside a Beverly Hills hotel in 2013. As TMZ reported then, Weinstein’s team sought to discredit the victim saying she had already courted the media prior to making an official statement to police.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Haleyi Says Weinstein Ripped Out Her Tampon in Order to Have His Way With Her
In a statement, Haleyi said that she rebuked Weinstein’s advances saying that she was on her period. Haleyi told the media, “He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering. He then orally forced himself on me while I was on my period. He even pulled out my tampon. I was mortified. I was in disbelief and disgusted.” Haleyi continued, “I would not have anted anyone to do that to me even it that person had been my romantic partner. I remember Harvey afterwards rolling over on to his back and saying, “Don’t you feel we’re so much closer to each other now?” I replied, “No.””
2. The Number of Actresses & Models Accusing Weinstein of Sexual Abuse Continues to Rise
The list of accusers against Weinstein stands at around 57 and includes Cate Blanchett, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow.
On October 19, Lupita Nyong’O added her name to the list of accusers when in a New York Times piece she wrote that Weinstein had tried to ply her with alcohol during a meeting at a hotel. Nyong’O said that later, at his home, Weinstein asked for a massage and during which, he removed his pants. That alleged incident occurred in 2011.
3. A Day Before Haleyi Came Forward, Weinstein’s Former Assistant Came Forward With Allegations
On October 23, a day before Haleyi came forward with her allegations, Weinstein’s former assistant, Zelda Perkins, came forward with her own allegations. Perkins told the Financial Times that she was publicly breaking her non-disclosure agreement to talk her time working at Miramax. Perkins alleges that Weinstein would expose himself, ask for massages and ask her to watch him in the shower. Perkins says, “This was his behavior on every occasion I was alone with him. I often had to wake him up in the hotel in the mornings and he would try to pull me into bed.”
4. Lexus Is the Latest Company to Sever Ties With the Weinstein Company
On the same day that … came forward with her allegations, CBS News’ Aarti Pole reported that Toyota’s Lexus department had severed ties with the Weinstein company. The ending of their partnership is a direct result of the allegations against Weinstein.
5. NBC News Has Been Accused of Covering Up the Weinstein Scandal